Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Amanda let her admirer do that made Elyot jealous?

2. What rattles Amanda and Elyot's new-found cheer?

3. What is Elyot wearing in Act II?

4. After the phone call, Amanda is worrying about her future with Elyot and what should happen when their spouses find them. What does Elyot urge her to do to calm her fears?

5. What do Amanda and Elyot know will inevitably happen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two things does Elyot do that annoy Amanda that leads up to their biggest fight?

2. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

3. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

4. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

5. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

6. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

7. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

8. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

9. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

10. How do Amanda and Elyot's feelings differ on the abandonment of Sibyl and Victor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is it important that these characters are rich and upper-class? How would this play have changed if Amanda and Elyot were not as rich as they are written? Is the glamor and sophistication absolutely necessary? How does it affect the fights? Do you believe that this is meant to be a statement on the behaviors of the upper-class? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Elyot tells Victor that there is no point in fighting each other, as it never solves anything. However, Elyot and Amanda had, just the night before, fought each other violently. Why does Elyot believe that fighting Victor is pointless, but still fights with Amanda? For example, is it a matter of respect, love, or cowardice? Cite specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Elyot claims that women are all manipulative and crafty. Do you believe that Amanda and Sibyl are particularly manipulative? If they both are manipulative, is it in the same way and to achieve the same goals? Why or why not? What is the point of the manipulations? Are Victor and Elyot manipulative as well?

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